Open Colour offer a glimpse into current experimental and auteur cinema from Spain, screening a selection of films praised at major festivals and from directors who are slowly making their mark nationally and beyond.
Night Without Distance
Lois Patiño, 2015, SPA/POR, 23 mins
An instant in the memory of landscape: the smuggling that for centuries crossed the line between Portugal and Galicia. The Gerês Mountains knows no borders, and rocks cross from one country to another with insolence. Smugglers also disobey this separation. The rocks, the river, the trees: silent witnesses, help them to hide. They just have to wait for the night to cross the distance that separates them.
'The single best short film in Wavelengths and one of the best films of the year 'Michael Sicinski, MUBI
Our Friend the Moon
Velasco Broca, 2016, SPA, 15 mins
Hadji is a disabled young Hindu man who lives humbly, close to the river Ganges. After losing what little he had, he is accepted as a disciple by a strange spiritual leader of Russian origin. This alliance will lead them to some bizarre incidents that will have consequences throughout the other parts of the West.
Luis López Carrasco, 2017, SPA, 23 mins
Tesa Arranz, a key figure in the 1980s Madrid scene and the lead singer of the Zombies, has painted over 500 portraits of outer-space creatures.
'A magnificent documentary about one of the most characteristic figures of the eighties in Madrid, and about this decade, its figures (Almodóvar, Zulueta, Berlanga, nobody escapes the memory of Tesa) and this necessity of López Carrasco to construct new narratives from Spain’s contemporary history. A fantastic endeavor that wants to rescue the fundamental discourses of a generation that is “now in power, trying to manipulate and control any dissident discourse”. This articulation of the personal portrait and the testimony of the social array, is what makes the Spanish filmmaker so special. A VHS treat in 2017 (José Sarmiento Hinojosa, DESISTFILM)
Elena López Riera, 2016, SPA, 16 mins
On a hot and sticky summer afternoon in a town in southern Spain, a woman skins a rabbit with her bare hands, as dogs, children and the elderly look on, entranced by the daily ritual of death.